Field & Game Australia

Urgent update

“Pressure on the PM to relax the ban on the rapid-fire lever action shotgun…"

The Nationals say it’s time to take emotion out of the debate about classification of firearms, and in particular the lever action shotgun.

We agree.

However your voice needs to be heard by each State and Territory Police Minister.

Why?

Because on Friday Police Ministers will meet at the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) and determine how to deal with the emotive rhetoric bandied about on the lever action shotgun.

We are very concerned about the precedent that will result from changes to the classification of lever action shotguns, especially as proposed changes are contrary to the letter of the NFA, and to the principles of evidence based decision-making.

Firearms easily engender an emotive response when exploited by gun control advocates and the media. This is why we must work with facts and data, and avoid emotion.

The campaign against the Adler lever action shotgun is an ideological one, based on emotion and rhetoric. The facts are these;

·         The Adler is not “new technology”; it is in fact based on technology that is 100+ years old. 


·         It is legal under all of the State laws based on the NFA. 


·         There is no evidence this firearm, or firearms of a similar configuration, creates a public safety issue. 


Importantly, there is no desire to water down the existing laws governing firearms and the National Firearms Agreement.

We seek to maintain the status quo. The politicising of this message means this important fact has been lost.

You can get this message back on track. Write to your Police Minister today; a full list of Police Ministers can be located here – link.

Remember to be polite and respectful, the purpose of these letters is to ask for genuine consultation, not to attack people or score points.

It’s important to copy this correspondence to your local State and Federal parliamentary members, or better still, meet your local Member face to face and ensure they understand the facts, not the fiction that makes headlines.

To be clear: not proceeding with Minister Keenan’s ban on the Adler shotgun would not be “trading away” Australia’s gun laws – it would be applying them consistently.

Pursuing the reclassification of lever-action shotguns with a capacity of more than five rounds will establish the platform for the reclassification of lever-action and pump action rifles. This agenda has been floated as least as far back as 2005. 


To deny that reclassifying certain lever-action shotguns will not have an effect on the classification of lever-action and pump action rifles is an argument that avoids the question of precedent. 


Decisions must be based on data and evidence, not intuition, instinct or prejudice, and applied with consistency.

Here is a list of politicians you can write to;

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Prime Minister

Malcolm.Turnbull.MP@aph.gov.au

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Barnaby.Joyce.MP@aph.gov.au

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

The Hon Michael Keenan MP

Minister for Justice

Michael.Keenan.MP@aph.gov.au

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

The Hon George Brandis QC

Attorney General

senator.brandis@aph.gov.au

PO Box 6100
Senate,
Parliament House,
Canberra ACT 2600

To find your local MP search at

Australian Parliament Website

New South Wales

Troy Grant MP

Minister for Justice and Police

dubbo@parliament.nsw.gov.au

PO Box 1327, Dubbo, NSW, 2830

To find your local MP search at

NSW Parliament Website

Victoria

The Hon Lisa Neville MP

Minister for Police

lisa.neville@parliament.vic.gov.au

Level 17, 8 Nicholson St, East Melbourne, Vic, 3002

To find your local MP search at

Victorian Parliament Website

Queensland

The Hon Bill Byrne

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services

police@ministerial.qld.gov.au

PO Box 15195,
City East, Qld, 4002

To find your local MP search at

Queensland Parliament Website

Tasmania

The Hon Rene Hidding

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

rene.hidding@parliament.tas.gov.au

Level 1, Franklin Square, Hobart, Tas, 7000

To find your local MP search at

 Tasmanian Parliament Website

South Australia

The Hon Peter Malinauskas

Minister for Police

ministermalinauskas@sa.gov.au

GPO Box 668, Adelaide, SA, 5001

To find your local MP search at

South Australian Parliament Website

Western Australia

The Lisa Harvey MLA

Minister for Police

Minister.Harvey@dpc.wa.gov.au

11th Floor, Dumas House, 2 Havelock Street, West Perth, WA, 6005

To find your local MP search at

WA Parliament Website

Northern Territory

The Hon Michael Gunner

Minister for Police

Chief.minister@nt.gov.au

GPO Box 3146, Darwin, NT, 0801

To find your local MP search at

NT Parliament Website

The ACT Government is currently in caretaker mode

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